Muslim man hacked, burnt in Rajasthan
Director-General of Police O.P. Galhotra told a press conference in Jaipur that it was a brutal crime and
did not look like one committed by a normal human being. He said extra police forces had been deployed in Rajsamand district and the administration had suspended mobile internet services.
Civil rights groups demanded the immediate resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for her ‘failure to stop the lynching of Muslims.’
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Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria described the video as “gut-wrenching” and promised stringent action. He said a Special Investigation Team had been set up to probe the case.
Ms. Raje condemned the murder and appreciated the prompt arrest of the accused.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said she had directed that the accused be prosecuted in the shortest possible time. “This is a deplorable act which needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” she said.
The accused is said to have taken Khan, whom he had employed in the past, to his agricultural farm on the pretext of giving him work, on Wednesday afternoon. The victim’s half-burnt body was spotted the next day in the field, just 700 metres from the District Collectorate.
The victim’s identity was confirmed only after the video surfaced on social media.
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties and other rights groups accused the BJP government of providing “absolute impunity” to those involved in lynching Muslims and their supporters.